About Us 2017-11-09T12:28:52+00:00
Front of Client Services Building

EAST TEXAS LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND

East Texas Lighthouse for the Blind is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Created in 1976 to serve the needs of the blind and visually impaired, the mission of The Lighthouse is to empower blind Americans through rehabilitation, education, training, and employment leading to a fully independent lifestyle. To accomplish that, The Lighthouse offers a wide range of programs and services through Client Services and Horizon Industries.

THE LIGHTHOUSE CLIENT SERVICES

is located at 411 W. Front St. in Tyler and provides rehabilitation, education, training and employment services. The 8,000 sq. ft. facility includes a independent living training apartment, fully equipped computer labs, and low vision store.

What We Do

Where We Serve

HORIZON INDUSTRIES

occupies a 92,000 sq. ft. facility at 500 N. Bois D’ Arc in Tyler and is one of the largest converters of industrial wiping towels & paracord for the US government. They are the largest employer of people with visual impairments in East Texas.

Horizon Industries 

MEET THE CLIENT SERVICES TEAM

Alicia Lansford
Alicia LansfordDirector
Alicia has been with The Lighthouse since August of 2014. She has a Bachelor of Science degree and experience as a Customer Service Director where she was instrumental in policy and procedure development. Alicia says The Lighthouse has given her perspective. She loves giving hope to someone who was about to give up. She stated “we are changing others’ perspectives daily and educating our community on the abilities of those who have disabilities.” Alicia wants to inspire people to achieve their best, whatever that looks like for them.
In her spare time, Alicia enjoys doing hair and makeup for events, reading, serving others, and spending time with family.
Amy Anderson
Amy AndersonOffice Manager
Amy has been with The Lighthouse since 2015 and in the field of office administration for 10 years. Her experience in customer service, medical billing and marketing make her a dynamic asset to our team. Amy most enjoys making a difference in the lives of those who are new to losing their sight and providing them with the training and resources to maintain their independence. She says meeting new and amazing people every day is the best part of the job.
In her spare time, Amy enjoys reading and spending quality time with her family.
Jack Malone
Jack MaloneOffice Assistant - Adaptive Equipment
Jack has been with The Lighthouse since ’95. He has 10 years of experience in Information Technology and has been focused on Adaptive Equipment for the past 3 years at Client Services. Jack’s experience in IT and quality control at Horizon Industries are valuable in his current position. Jack says the ability to help people regain their freedom and independence is what he values most about his career.
In his spare time, Jack enjoys running, ham radio, and camping. He volunteers his time with Boys Scouts and church.
Summer Tillson
Summer TillsonMarketing Manager
Summer joined The Lighthouse in 2011. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business. Her certifications include, Microsoft Office Outlook 2010, Business Finance for Non-Finance Majors, and Business Marketing Writing. Summer enjoys educating the community and working alongside so many talented individuals within a mission focused culture. She is a Leadership Tyler Class 28 alumni, class rep and marketing committee member.
In her spare time, Summer enjoys running and staying active with her family and her volunteer role as Champions for Children Board Member.
Lori Arteaga
Lori ArteagaEducational Services Administrator
Lori has been with The Lighthouse since 2013. She has a Master’s degree in English, with 18 year of experience in the field. She most enjoys working with information to create programs that can be utilized in multiple formats and settings. She says her work at The Lighthouse provides her with the opportunity to make a difference. As the parent of a visually impaired child, Lori has a clear investment in the mission of the organization.
In her spare time she enjoys reading, writing and needle-working. She volunteers for the Smith County MHMR, UT Northeast Hospital, Friends of the Library, Texas Department of Criminal Justice and Boy Scouts of America.
Jan Lynch
Jan LynchAT/MOS Manager
Jan joined The Lighthouse in 2011 and has worked with individuals who are blind for the past 39 years. Her certifications include, A+ (IT certification), MCSE (Microsoft Certified System Engineer), Microsoft Office Specialist Master, JAWS & ZoomText. She teaches Microsoft Office for Suite 2010, 2013, 2016 and manages all Assistive Technology training. She is driven by the way computer training empowers people to reach their goals.
In her spare time, Jan enjoys board games and his currently volunteering as a Jr. High Sunday School teacher for girls and has traveled overseas providing low vision evaluations.
Zahia Althabata
Zahia AlthabataAssistive Technology Instructor
Zahia has been with The Lighthouse since 2011 and has been an Assistive Technology Instructor for 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Art degree in History. Zahia is a certified Assistive Technology trainer through Lions World Services for the Blind and is Master Level Certified in Microsoft Office Suite (2010, 2014). Her background and drive make for an excellent instructor in the field of technology. Zahia most enjoys the ability to provide technology training to better a person’s skills set and overall quality of life.
In her spare time, Zahia enjoys reading magazines, listening to news stories and traveling.
Jarrett Gist
Jarrett GistOrientation and Mobility Specialist
Jarrett joined The Lighthouse in 2009 and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation with emphasis in Orientation and Mobility. He is a COMS-Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist. He has worked in the field of O&M for 8 years. Jarrett says what he enjoys most about working at The Lighthouse is helping others and changing lives.
In his spare time, Jarrett enjoys spending time with his family, running, soccer, weight lifting, gardening and drawing. He is also a volunteer coach for Upward Soccer at Colonial Hills Baptist Church.
Cathy Hooper
Cathy HooperIndependent Living Instructor
Cathy has been with The Lighthouse since 2009. Cathy is a retired educator with a Master’s degree in Education. In addition, she has a certificate from Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center in Austin, TX. She is passionate about helping others toward a life of independence through hands-on instruction. She also provides small group sensitivity training for sighted individuals.
In her spare time, Cathy enjoys reading and traveling. Cathy volunteers her time providing reviews of audio books for the Tyler Public Library.
Craig Ellis
Craig EllisEmployment Services Specialist
Craig has been with East Texas Lighthouse for the blind since 2011, working in Quality Control at Horizon Industries. His experience includes 25 years in management working with Brookshire’s & HEB grocery companies as well as owning and managing his own floor covering store. Craig started working for Client Services in 2016 and is most excited about the opportunity to assist clients and the potential to change their lives through empowerment.
In his spare time Craig enjoys music and is a member of East Texas Men in Harmony, Doubletake Octet and Craig’s List Quartet.
Ann Phillips
Ann PhillipsChilren's Program Administrator
Ann Phillips has been with The Lighthouse since 2011; in Education for 39 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education, Master’s degree in Educational Technology, certifications in Elementary Education, VI Teaching & Orientation and Mobility. Ann won the TAER Bob Bryant/Bill Bryan Leadership Award (2015) and The Lighthouse Sighted Worker of the Year (2014). Ann loves the relationships she can develop with students, families and co-workers.
In her spare time, Ann enjoys taking photographs, live music, caring for her pets and volunteers by making blessing bags for the homeless.
Gene Moffet
Gene Moffet Driver
Gene has been with The Lighthouse since 2015. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and 45 years of experience in career positions requiring extended periods of time driving, including the USMC, U.S. Postal Service and as a Police Officer. He received a 30 year safe driver award from the U.S. Postal Service and earned 2 commendations for apprehending criminals in the act from the Tyler P.D. Gene most enjoys the “people aspect” of his job at The Lighthouse.
In his spare time, Gene enjoys doing yard work and spending quality time with his family.
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